Posts Tagged ‘gluten free’

Hearty Chorizo, Kidney Bean & Veggie Soup

I am soooooo in love with a nice warming soup, especially when there’s such a chill in the air, it warms your cockles and muscles alive alive-o! Added bonus it’s a one-pot dish so minimal washing up afterwards – it’s win win!

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  1. 3 garlic cloves
  2. 1 red onion
  3. 2 tbsp coconut oil / ghee
  4. 1 red pepper
  5. 1.5 – 2 tbsp tomato paste
  6. 1.5 pints vegetable stock
  7. 1 medium sized sweet potato
  8. half ring of chorizo
  9. 1 courgette
  10. 1 tin of kidney beans
  11. 1 tin of coconut milk (use cream at top)


  1. Melt the coconut oil or ghee in a large saucepan
  2. add the chopped garlic cloves and onion and fry for a couple of minutes
  3. Then add the red pepper and fry for a couple more minutes
  4. Add a small amount of the vegetable stock and tomato paste to a measuring jug and mix until thick
  5. add this to the pan and then add the remaining amount of stock and potatoes
  6. bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
  7. then add the courgette and chorizo and kidney beans (drained) and stir.
  8. cook for 15 minutes
  9. then add the coconut cream and cook for a further 15 minutes

Serve and devour!

Love Roo xx

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My Obsession with Canton Chef Continues….

So those of you who have been following my blog since the summer will know that I have a little bit of an obsession with Canton Chef products! I discovered their awesome products at a Whole Foods Market local food fair back in the summer and cannot stop eating them! Canton Chef definitely noticed my love affair and very kindly sent me a sample of their sweet and sour stir fry sauce and I have been itching to get it in my wok and in to my mouth! So I’ve been waiting for a day for Roo Boy to be away so I don’t have to share and that day has finally come……… 🙂 I prepped my veggies for the stir fry (bell peppers, half a red onion, a carrot, a handful of sugar snap peas and some broccoli florets), then I  steamed some cauliflower to soften before putting in the blender to make some cauliflower rice, I had my sachet of sweet and sour sauce and some turkey meatballs which I chopped in half and fried with my veg, nom nom nom! Within 30 minutes of getting through my front door I was sitting down with a bowl full to bursting with colour and yumminess! I just about managed to save some for my lunch tomorrow too 🙂

Sweet & Sour Stir FryCanton chef Stir Fry Sweet & Sour

Canton Chef Sweet & Sour stir Fry


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Chia seed and banana loaf

chia seed and banana loaf


My sister and I baked this and by that I mean my sister helped me to bake this!! I really wanted to try the recipe and share it but I really don’t like bananas so needed someone who would do the taste test for me!

This recipe was really easy to make and I am really proud of this one! Even though I dislike banana I was really tempted to give this a try as it smelled delicious and cinnamon-y! And once again this recipe is paleo and gluten free, packed with protein and omega 3. Which makes it a guilt free treat 🙂


Love Roo xx

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Lemon and Chia Seed Muffins

lemon and chia seed muffinsI made these delicious lemon and chia seed muffins over the weekend. They’re gluten free, paleo, light and airy!

They make a great alternative for breakfast and is great for eating on the go 🙂 These were easy to make and were a firm favourite with my happy helpers who were there to do the taste testing!

Love Roo xx

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Paleo Diet – Eating to Heal

On Thursday night I went to my local wholefoods market store in Cheltenham where I attended a talk by Karen Maidment who is a local health and nutrition specialist. She gave a wonderful insight into how the Paleo diet has helped cure autoimmune diseases which is basically when your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

I already know what foods are paleo and what isn’t. I follow the general principles of the paleo diet for health and fitness reasons and to give my body the best chance of staying clean but a lot of people out there actually turn to the paleo diet to CURE and not just prevent illnesses. In this day and age I think we are quick to look to doctors and medication for cures when in fact we could start by looking in our own fridges and pantries to begin the healing process!

So here’s some of the things that I learned:

1/3 of risk of suffering from autoimmune diseases is genetic whilst 2/3 is lifestyle induced. This is a shocking figure but is good news in that it means that you may be able to reverse the damage you’ve done.

Stress plays a huge part in having an upset digestive system, no matter how big or small. When you become stressed your body turns to fight or flight mode, when this happens your body expends all of it’s energy to your extremities and large muscle groups, think about our primal ancestors fight or flight meant kill an animal or run like crazy! So you need your arms and legs to throw the spear or sprint in the opposite direction, what it doesn’t do is send any of that energy to your gut. What’s my point? If you’re constantly stressing out of things your gut is never going to get the focus it needs, so you need to eliminate your stress levels and start healing your gut with some super healthy grub!!

The first place to start is by cutting out gluten, all processed foods, and either eliminate or significantly reduce your intake of pasteurised dairy; the digestive tract sees elements of these foods as a foreign bacteria and fights against it and in extreme cases even begins to attack the intestinal wall and can cause a leaky gut 🙁

Anyone who describes paleo or the caveman diet automatically thinks about meat and how they can pile it in! Happy days! Well if you are suffering from a poorly gut something to consider is that meat can be inflammatory for the digestive system but that’s only the case for muscle meat i.e. steak, chicken breast etc. Organ meat (liver and offal) are the opposite and are anti-inflammatory, during the talk Karen did a cooking demonstration and made her “Liver Loathers Pate” which I have to admit was delicious! Liver is something that generally makes my toes curl but it smelled so delicious I couldn’t help but try it and it was lovely and if I can pluck up the courage to touch liver (I know that sounds a bit daft!) but I will definitely be attempting this recipe myself!

Another handy tip we picked up was that if you have an egg intolerance it is usually the egg whites not the yolk so could always try eliminating those if you still want to use eggs in your diet. Whilst nuts are paleo some people still get gastric stress from them so again if you’re suffering from an upset tummy then these should be restricted. Nightshades are problematic for arthritis sufferers; nightshades aren’t just for a witches potion! These come in the form of potatoes, tomatoes and peppers etc. So if you’re suffering from achy joints it may be time to consider these and whether you want or need them in your diet too.

All in all it was a really interesting evening and I felt like I learned something new and has given me some extra knowledge should I or anyone else I know need it!

Karen has released a book that’s called Meals that Heal, whilst it isn’t all paleo recipes within it is still a great read and looks at plenty of gut healing recipes!


Love Roo xx

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Abs are made in the kitchen!

You must have heard the phrase that abs are made in the kitchen right? If not, what this means is that you can’t just workout at the gym and then go home and eat bad food because it’s completely counter productive. You could do a billion crunches a day and work those core muscles but nobody will ever see them if you eat rubbish!

Yesterday me and Mama Roo went a food shopping haul at Wholefoods Market Cheltenham. Now I have to admit this was a treat for me because it can be pretty expensive to buy all these bits and bobs and I had to be VERY restrained, but every now and again I like to top my cupboards up with all these goodies and whilst they can be pricey it works out ok in the long run because you don’t need to use that much of the ingredients so they do tend to last a while. What I also loved about this shopping trip was that they were doing a local food festival so not only was I buying gorgeous food to get my abs on show I am supporting local businesses! It’s so nice to know where your food has come from 🙂

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